By Nicholas J. S. Davies
The invasion and profession of Iraq wasn't only a tragic mistake.
It was once a crime.
From the making plans of aggression in 2002 via years of adverse army profession, the USA systematically violated the United international locations constitution, the Geneva Conventions and nearly each precept of overseas legislation and order.
America's crimes opposed to the folks of Iraq have been protected against public scrutiny through what senior U.S. army officials known as the "quiet, disguised, media-free approach" built in imperative the USA within the Nineteen Eighties. The echo chamber of the Western company media fleshed out the Pentagon's propaganda to create a digital Iraq within the minds of the general public, feeding a political discourse that bore no relation to the genuine conflict it was once waging, the rustic it used to be destroying or the lives of its inhabitants.
In an simply readable and flowing narrative, Nicolas Davies has rigorously taken aside the wall of propaganda surrounding one among history's most important army mess ups and such a lot severe overseas crimes: non-existent WMDs; the both fictitious "centuries-old sectarian blood feud" in Iraq; and the secrecy of the soiled warfare waged via American-led demise squads. not like different writers, Davies has firmly put every one element of the conflict inside a coherent context of unlawful aggression, adverse army career and well known resistance, to discover the brutal fact of a conflict that has most likely killed not less than one million people.
"A transparent, clever and exact description of ways we're all in favour of aggression in Iraq. Congratulations!" - Benjamin B. Ferencz, former leader Prosecutor, U.S. conflict Crimes Tribunal, Nuremberg.
"If the Iraq career lasts one other 50 years, it's uncertain a greater account of it will likely be produced than this one." - David Swanson, writer of break of day: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a extra ideal Union.
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Blood on Our Hands: The American Invasion & Destruction of Iraq by Nicholas J. S. Davies